The long-expected contract extension for Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was made official on Wednesday, keeping the Super Bowl-winning coach in his place at least through the 2012 season.
"As I was when I was hired in 2004, I am grateful for the opportunity," Coughlin said in a statement released by the team. "To be the head coach of the New York Giants is the fulfillment of a dream for somebody who grew up where I grew up and when I grew up. As I have said roughly a thousand times, we're all on one-year contracts in this business, but the reality is that I am thankful to work for people like the Maras and the Tisches and with people like (GM) Jerry Reese and his staff, as well as my coaching staff and our players."
Since being hired in '04, Coughlin has led the Giants to a record of 65-47 and four playoff appearances. He guided the team to a world championship in Super Bowl XLI and has not finished under .500 since his debut season in New York.
"As we said after the season, we strongly believe in Tom," team president John Mara said. "We believe in the job he has done, and we believe in his ability to lead our team in the future. Everybody was on the same page in arriving at the extension."
The way we se it
With Coughlin set to enter the final year of his contract, the extension comes as no surprise. Had there not been a lockout over the past four months, the deal likely would have come much earlier. The Giants have missed the playoffs each of the past two seasons, but team management clearly trusts Coughlin to return them to the postseason. Coughlin had been dogged by rumors of Bill Cowher coming to New York, along with the pressure of living up to monster expectations. But he has earned this latest extension and might have a Super Bowl-contending team to quell that heat this season.